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Anna Scholes (President)
Anna is a community pharmacist and a member of the Board of Trustees at the College of Southern Idaho. In addition to the Optimist Club, Anna is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of the Magic Valley, the Twin Falls Education Foundation, and the St. Luke’s East Region Quality, Safety and Service Excellence Committee. She is happily married to Dr. Chris Scholes and they have two children. Anna enjoys traveling, walking her dogs and working on community projects.
Hailey Barnes (1st Vice President)
Eva Craner (2nd Vice President)
Eva Craner was born and raised in Buhl, Idaho and attended Boston University where she studied communications and public policy, with an emphasis on education policy inspired by her parents who both work in public education. Eva returned to Buhl in 2012 to marry Trent Craner, also of Buhl. She began working for the Twin Falls School District in 2014 and pursued a master’s degree from Purdue University shortly thereafter. Eva is 2nd vice president of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc., serves on the Blue Lakes Rotary Board and Twin Falls Education Foundation Board, and is an ambassador for the Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. Eva is an avid outdoorsman and when she isn’t promoting public education you can likely find her on her paddle board, hunting, or riding her bike with Trent and their two dachshunds (yes, the dogs go on the paddle boards and wear life jackets).
Dennis Bowyer (Treasurer)
Dennis graduated from Twin Falls High School in 1975, received an Associate of Arts degree from College of Southern Idaho in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Whitworth University in 1980. Dennis was the recreation supervisor with the City of Twin Falls from 1981 to 1996 and was promoted to director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Twin Falls in 1996 until his retirement in 2016. During his employment, Dennis oversaw the development and management of parks, recreation activities, canyon rim trails, municipal golf course, municipal swimming pool and all other activities and development pertaining to parks and recreation for the City of Twin Falls. Dennis has been a member of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc. since 1982, was president in 1986-1987, and has held all other offices in the club. Dennis serves on the Twin Falls Community Board and Magic Valley Arts Council. He was a member of the Idaho Recreation and Park Association from 1983 to 2016, president of the association from 1999-2001 and held most all other offices in the association and a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley from 1993-2000 and was the first president of the board from 1993-1995.
Jeanette Bolton (Secretary)
Jeannette Bolton moved to the Magic Valley when she was 8, living in Filer most of her school years, and graduating from FHS in 1991 as class Salutatorian. Jeannette has made her career in accounting, attending CSI and working for various auto dealers accounting offices since 1997. For the past three years Jeannette has been employed by Rob Green Auto Group as their Controller. She finds the auto industry both challenging and rewarding and is thankful it allows her time to volunteer as an Optimist Club member and serve on the board. Jeannette has been married to the love of her life Brian Bolton since 2011. She has two grown children, one step daughter, and three grandchildren. In her spare time, Jeannette enjoys golfing, being outdoors, skiing, yoga, and especially loves traveling and quality time spent with friends and family.
Dave Hickok (Past President)
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Liz Haugee (President Emeritus)
Liz is the Property Manager for Gordo Management, LLC. She is a graduate of the New York Institute of Art & Design and owner of Z. Interior Design. Liz worked for Idaho Power Company from 1998 to 2018 in a variety of fields including contracting, finance, design, claims and community education and was featured in the 2016 #WomeninPower campaign. She has been actively involved in the community and has served as a board member and/or officer for the IDACORP Southern Employee Community Funds Board, IDACORP Employee Community Funds Corporate Board, The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc., Twin Falls Optimist Foundation, Inc., Twin Falls Optimist Youth House, Inc., Junior Achievement of Idaho Magic Valley Board and Twin Falls Area Chamber of Commerce Board. When Liz is not at work, she is likely spending time with her husband, Neil, and their dog, Beamer, traveling, golfing, fishing, skiing, playing the piano or jumping into another design and décor project.
Deanna grew up in Magna, Utah. She worked at Cactus Petes in Jackpot, NV as a poker dealer for 9 years and the manager in the poker room for 16 years. In 2013 she started working as a realtor with Canyon Trail Realty in Jerome, later with Keller Williams and currently with Silvercreek Realty Group. Deanna has one son, Dallas, a daughter-in-law, Dolly, and a 2 ½ year old grandson, Ethan. Deanna married her long-time friend, Brian McNary, on October 23, 2017 and they are living happily ever after.
Ron is an employee of Farmer’s Bank and has been a member of The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc. since 2016.
Robin was born in Jacksonville, NC and has been a member of the Twin Falls Community since the 4th Grade. She has been married to Wayne for 38 years and they have one daughter, Sara. Robin has been in the travel business since 1991 and has worked for Desert Sun Travel for the past seven years; two years as an Independent Contractor and five years as Inside Sales and Marketing. Robin has been involved with The Optimist Club of Twin Falls, Idaho, Inc. since 1992. She is a past president and past secretary and has held many board positions and chaired many committees, such as, Childhood Cancer, Membership, Wings & Things, ABC Program (Always Buckle Children in the Back Seat, distributing approximately 75,000 brochures in the community), and much more. Robin has also helped with the operation of the Club’s Facebook and Website. Robin is also a member with the Jerome Club and is involved with the PNWD Board of Directors on many levels; chaired District Essay, CCC, and many more. She is currently the PNWD membership chair for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Robin is a member of the Twin Falls Chamber Ambassadors, served as chair for the Ambassadors in 2016, and is on the Twin Falls Chamber Board of Directors.
Cyndie recently retired from CSI Foundation, Inc. as the Assistant Director.
Dawn L. Soto is the Executive Director
of the St. Luke’s Magic Valley Health Foundation
She is a recovering Banker of 25 years.
MBA in Business, Gonzaga University (Go ZAGS!)
MA in Nonprofit Development and Philanthropy, Univ. of Northern Iowa, Graduation date = May 2019.
BA in Business, ISU, Pocatello Idaho.
Dawn’s been married for 20 years with 3 kids: ages 28, 15, and 8.
Favorite Hobby: Kicking it with family and friends on “The Old Lady”, our 1999 Pontoon boat.
Life goal: to be a professional golfer (or maybe just learn to play better).